The National Association of Scholars (NAS) reports that 35–95% of all published research is not reproducible.  NAS refers to this as, The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science. All fields of science have been impacted, and this crisis has compromised entire disciplines.

Arbitrary and improper research methods could be informing your decisions and impacting outcomes and strategies.  Partner with Discovery Engineering to work through the validity of research impacting an important decision or case.

Academic Scholarship Guided by Practical Experience

The impact of the irreproducibility crisis in law is enormous.  Judicial decisions may be based on testimony from an expert whose opinion may (unknowingly) be based upon irreproduciable research.  The research methods courts accept to gain knowledge must be reliable and follow established and defensible procedures.


A Big Impact

Some of the noteworthy findings of NAS include:

  • In 2012, Amgen tried to reproduce 53 landmark studies in hematology and oncology. They could only replicate six.
  • Also in 2012, the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA estimated that up to three-quarters of published biomarker associations could not be replicated.
  • A 2015 article in Science presented the results of 100 replication studies of articles published in prominent psychological journals. Researchers found that only 36% of the replication studies produced statistically significant results—compared with 97% of the original studies.

This is not just an academic problem.  Entire scientific disciplines have been compromised.  Work with me to ensure that defensible methods are informing your decisions.